Don’t say huh!? You’re still in the right blog.
From Friday 10th August until Wednesday is Obon Festival in Japan. Obon Festival is a Japanese Buddhist holiday to honor the departed spirits of one’s ancestors. Most people from the big cities return to their hometown to visit and clean their ancestors graves. Traditionally, lanterns are hung across town for the spirits not to lose their way. because they are believed to return to this world each year during obon to visit their relatives. Creepy?
Creepier: Pristine carrying a lantern to the cemetery;
lighting candles at M’s ancestor’s tomb AT NIGHT
Since I got associated with my Japanese hubby 9 years ago, we would go to his hometown and spend time with his family. Last year, it was Pristine’s first time to hold a lantern on our way to the cemetery. She was delighted!
Obon festival is just one of the many festivals during summer in Japan. It is also the best time to wear our summer kimono.
Pristine in her first yukata (summer kimono)
Never mind the smile/smirk: P in a Hello Kitty yukata
I’m getting some help here and a picture taken with our friends.
Pristine is not dressed yet
Last year, my soon to be-sister-in-law V came to visit us in Nagano. She looked very radiant in the kimono I gave her as a gift. So many people mistakenly talked to her in Nihongo thinking she was a local!
My brother D and V (now engaged)
Me and V: Nihonjin (Japanese) wannabes
V’s back shot
So what is the connection with Japan’s Obon Festival with our life here in far away Dubai?
For one, I am working in a Japanese company, collaborating with Japan office. They are out for vacation so I am not busy. How else would I be able to come up with this long post? 🙂